|The Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging (MA4) is ready to assist Missourians who choose to obtain health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace, according to Catherine Edwards, executive director of the MA4. Open enrollment for the program began November 15, 2014.
MA4 was named as an official Health Insurance Marketplace “Navigator” organization for the second straight year by the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services earlier this year. MA4 will incorporate its network of Area Agencies on Aging and senior centers throughout the state to help people make informed decisions when choosing among health insurance coverage options offered through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
“Last year, more than 150,000 Missourians chose health insurance options offered through the Health Insurance Marketplace,” said Edwards. “While most people accessed the Marketplace online, many people selecting health insurance coverage for the first time benefited from the in-person service our team of trained Navigators was able to provide.”
According to Edwards, individuals and small businesses will once again be able to shop for health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace in a variety of ways including online, in-person, by phone and at events and locations established by partner organizations during the open enrollment period.
Under the Health Insurance Marketplace system, affordable health insurance policies will be offered by multiple private insurance providers with tiered cost options. Coverage cannot be denied due to pre-existing conditions and many preventive health care services are provided under terms of the policies offered in the Marketplace. The system is designed to help currently uninsured Missourians find affordable health insurance options for themselves and their families.
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